A pair of Democratic lawmakers have said they will support a bill to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, ABC News reported Thursday.
Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanBiden seeks to build Democratic support among unions Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — A warning shot on Biden's .5T plan Overnight Defense & National Security — America's longest war ends MORE (D-Wis.), who introduced a bill that would eliminate the agency, told ABC News that Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) have indicated they will support the effort.
A spokesman for Grijalva said that the congressman is still waiting to hear the details of Pocan's proposal before deciding whether to support it.
Grijalva and Capuano would join Democratic Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerPhotos of the Week: Renewable energy, gymnast testimonies and a Met Gala dress Bottom line American workers need us to get this pandemic under control around the world MORE (Ore.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (Wash.) and Jim McGovern (Mass.) among congressional Democrats who support abolishing ICE.
Capuano is facing a primary challenge from Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who has made abolishing ICE a central part of her campaign.
While the number of Democrats who publicly support the elimination of ICE has grown in recent weeks, the group remains relatively small. Some lawmakers have said they support examining ICE's methods, but oppose getting rid of the agency altogether.
ICE has been the target of several protests in recent weeks amid the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration.
The policy, announced in April, led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents.
Protests have broken out near ICE facilities in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore., in recent days, prompting the agency to put up barriers near entrances or after immigration hearings.
President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE ripped the protests during a rally on Wednesday night, saying activists are putting ICE agents "in harm's way."
“These radical Democrat protesters really want anarchy, but the only response they will find from our government is very strong law and order,” Trump said at a rally in North Dakota.